Sunday, August 21, 2005

Butterfly Update and First Use of Blocking Wires

Look what I did today!
Not only did I sing a difficult Handel piece at two church services to the delight of my congregation (I got a round of applause at the early service, which is highly unusual), I finished the second front of Butterfly, and got to use my blocking wires for the first time. I'm not sure that they saved me a lot of time, but they definitely made it easier. See how straight those lines are? It only takes three T-pins to get that, not forty straight pins. My only wish is that the kit came with more of the flexible wires for rounded edges and some intermediate lengths. I could use some two-foot wires (it came with eight 3-foot wires and four 1 1/2-foot wires) . I think they're welding rods; I could get a few more myself, I bet.

Some people would want the Noro stripes to match up, but I think just letting the yarn do its thing is easiest, and I love it! I keep looking at it. Yum!

Now that I'm not in the middle of one of the pieces, I'm going to put this project away for a little while (since I can't wear it any time soon) and focus on some of my summer pieces. I wanted to try out the blocking wires (they're all I dreamed they would be), so I focused on this today, and got it done, but now it's at a good place to put it away.

6 comments:

Gwen said...

It looks awesome. I know I should have bought some blocking wires...

Chelle said...

Hi Beth! This is Chelle from Kansas City who ran into you at Knitorious last Saturday. Nice talking to you. I love the knitshop you work in. Nice place. You gals are so friendly. I'm excited to have found a St. Louis shop to haunt when I'm in town and I'm telling my knitting group about you. Chelle

Chelle said...

I've just started trying my hand at blogging myself, but still need to figure out how to put up the photos etc. But when I get it up and "running" I'll give you my blogspot address too.

Chelle said...

Butterfly looks beautiful. Where did you get your blocking board? At Stitches? Chelle

Tipper said...

I'm with you on the let-Noro-do-its-own-thing thing. The extreme measures some people go through to get pieces to match strikes me as rather anal. If you want perfect stripes, buy 8 colors of yarn and make your own. The nature of Noro is to be organic (and sometimes strange).

Elle said...

Beautiful knitting!

If you hadn't mentioned that you sung at two services, I'd suspect you sung at the church I visited Sunday. There was a Handel solo regarding sheep sung -- "He shall feed his flock" -- and it was in the STL area.